Roland Emmerich has become synonymous with epic blockbusters but he is set to switches genres next week as he tackles the dramatic movie with Anonymous.

And the director has assembled an impressive cast that includes Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis and Jamie Campbell Bower as he bring Elizabethan England to life.

So the question remains.... was Shakespeare a fraud?

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, "Anonymous" speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare?

Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature.

"Anonymous" poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

Anonymous is released 28th October

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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